Parish office will be closed this week: Monday for Veterans Day Federal Holiday Observance and on Friday, November 16th in preparation for a Rachel's Vineyard Retreat (A safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion).
Throughout the Month of November, we will be honoring, remembering, and praying for our beloved dead.
You are invited to bring framed photographs of your deceased loved ones and place them on our memorial table in the church.
According to tradition, many souls would fly to heaven when this prayer is prayed with heartfelt devotion.
St. Gertrude the Great was a holy mystic of the 14th century, who began receiving heavenly visions at age 25 while living in a Benedictine community. Among her mystical visions was a glimpse into Purgatory. There she saw a man she was praying for and his soul appeared as a toad, suffering from the sins he committed on earth. After reciting a short prayer for him, she asked Jesus if it had any effect. He replied by saying, "Certainly, the souls in Purgatory are lifted up by such supplications, but also brief prayers that are said with fervor are of even greater benefit for them."
The Church has always taught that it is a Spiritual Work of Mercy to pray for the souls of the faithful departed, imploring God to purify the souls of the dead "by the fire of his charity" and to bring them at last to their Heavenly Home.
During one of these visions Gertrude was given a prayer by Jesus for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. It is piously believed that 1,000 souls are released from purgatory by praying this payer with the heart.
Below is this powerful prayer, one that trusts in the unfathomable mercy of God, poured out for us on Calvary.
Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious Blood of Your Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for all sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
- Church Pop Edito
Have you ever read about Babe Ruth's conversion story? It is absolutely amazing!
Babe Ruth is commonly known as the greatest baseball player of all time. He was also known for his drinking, partying, womanizing, and for is appetite.
But he was also a baptized Catholic.
In a letter written shortly before his death, Ruth explained his lifelong faith journey. And it was, quite literally, lifelong.
He explained that even if children do not understand or appreciate their upbringing in the Catholic faith, "once religion sinks in, it stays there—deep down."
This proved true for him, as he attended Catholic school and had a good relationship with one of the school's religious brothers.
He added, "The lads who get religious training, get it where it counts—in the roots. They may fail it, but it never fails them."
While chasing worldly pleasures, faith continued to be a part of his life, even if he was lost for a while.
He explained, that "while I drifted away from the Church, I did have my own 'altar,' a big window of my New York apartment overlooking the city lights. Often I would kneel before that window and say my prayers."
Ruth continued, "I would feel quite humble then. I'd ask God to help me not make such a big fool of myself and pray that I'd measure up to what He expected of me."
Two years before his death caused by cancer, Ruth had surgery.
Paul Carey, one of his closest friends, said, "They're going to operate in the morning, Babe...don't you think you ought to put your house in order?"
Ruth then explained that he "didn't dodge the long, challenging look in his eyes. I knew what he meant."
He continued, "For the first time I realized that death might strike me out. I nodded, and Paul got up, called in a Chaplain, and I made a full confession."
While visiting him, the chaplain said to Ruth, "I'll return in the morning and give you Holy Communion...but you don't have to fast."
Ruth responded, "I'll fast," adding that he "didn't have even a drop of water."
He then wrote, "As I lay in bed that evening, I thought to myself what a comforting feeling to be free from fear and worries. I now could simply turn them over to God."
Babe Ruth received a letter from a little boy while lying in the hospital bed.
The letter said:
"Dear Babe...everybody in the seventh grade class is pulling and praying for you. I am enclosing a medal which if you wear will make you better. Your pal—Mike Quinlan."
Enclosed was the Miraculous Medal.
Ruth continued, "I asked them to pin the Miraculous Medal to my pajama coat. I've worn the medal constantly ever since. I'll wear it to my grave."
Holy Mary, Mother of Mercy, I offer you, most Holy Mother, the souls suffering in purgatory, in particular I pray for:____name(s)_____________ and for those poor souls for whom no one particularly prays for. I beg you to be so kind as to look upon them with your merciful eyes and ask for their release from their torments. Through your hands, O Holy Virgin, I offer to the Lord this act of love, asking His mercy for the souls that are being purged. Amen.
O Glorious St. Joseph, thou who hast power to render possible even things which are considered impossible, come to our aid in our present trouble and distress.
Take this important and difficult affair under thy particular protection, that it may end happily.
(MENTION YOUR REQUEST)
O dear St. Joseph, all our confidence is in thee. Let it not be said that we would invoke thee in vain; and since thou art so powerful with Jesus and Mary, show that thy goodness equal thy power. Amen.
St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.
A Votive Light is a "silent sentinel" and can burn for your special intentions or for someone who is in need of prayers. This is a thoughtful expression of your sentiments and best wishes for any occasion. Your Votive Light can be an act of faith and charity - the light is a symbol of the sacrifice you have made in behalf of someone else - and it is a silent reminder of your prayers for them.
Unlike a regular purchase, a votive candle donation is an "offering" made to God through the intercession of the Saints which also helps support our St. Joseph the Worker Church's mission of beautiful liturgies, reconciliation and healing.
Your prayerful votive offerings are "lighting up" our church with beauty and prayer. Thank you, and may God bless you.